France's third-busiest airport in lock-down after suspected auto ramming

Done for More than a dozen officers can be seen running after him on the runway and the fugitive was apprehended at the scene

Done for More than a dozen officers can be seen running after him on the runway and the fugitive was apprehended at the scene

He smashed through another set of doors before emerging onto the runway, chased by about a dozen police vehicles as well as a helicopter.

Lyon airport in southeast France has been shut down after a high-speed police auto chase veered off the road and onto the runway.

He then smashed into a toll booth and charged across airport land chased by 20 police and gendarmerie cars, motorcyclists and a helicopter.

Flights were halted and a man was arrested Monday after speeding onto an airport runway in Lyon, France, officials said.

A man rammed a auto through a terminal building then sped through a field onto the runway at Lyon's Saint-Exupéry global airport.

The driver first smashed through a security barrier at the Lyon-Bron business airport before changing direction and heading to Lyon's main Saint-Exupery airport about 20km away.

The driver then leapt from the vehicle and started running.

An amateur video on social media showed the auto being chased by several police vehicles.

Followed by the forces of law and order, he drove into Terminal 1 with his vehicle before getting to the runway, where he was overpowered by those forces and arrested.

The man is then seen nearly crashing into an embankment and then fleeing on foot as he is eventually swarmed by police, despite his best efforts to outrun them.

"While we were waiting on the runway to take off the pilot alerted us that there had been a "major incident" and the airport had been closed", Martial Leveque, 59, told AFP.

Flights at the airport were grounded.

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